Spider veins are the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located near the skin’s surface. They are extremely small vessels that become larger when small venules inside or underneath the skin become enlarged or dilated. This normally happens when the pressure inside the veins increases so much that it exceeds the normal resistance to blood flow.
Spider veins are normally found on the legs and face. They often look like red or purple spider webs.
80 million Americans suffer from varicose or spider veins. This is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 70, but men are not immune to it. It also strikes men but the ratio is about one quarter that of women.
We don’t know the exact cause for varicose or spider veins but pregnancies, heredity and hormonal changes seem to be the major contributing factors.
Spider veins usually do not pose much of a health hazard, but may produce discomforts in the legs after prolonged standing. Spider veins are not a sign of disease or illness, they are similar to grey hair in that they are seen more with age. Surgery can not remove spider veins, but there are other treatments that can easily remove them. Sometimes it is as simple as taking special tablets or capsules such as Xvein 2000, a tablet that will make those ugly and embarrassing spider veins disappear for good without any pain or effort.